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I have an AOpen mobo with Intel GMA950 chipset that I used successfully a few years ago with 710 (only DVI output) and I have installed an 810 snapshot (from last Friday) on it, which is working fine with the DVI output but the S-Video output wont output within MCE. I ran the LinuxMCE install from the DVD menu and after the first boot the kbuntu desktop came up on the S-Video output so I know its working ok with kbuntu. However, when I configure MCE for S-Video output in the AVWizard and click next I get a flash to the S-Video output with the x-windows X in the middle of a black screen and then the wizard switches back to the DVI output to the screen that asks if I want to use the selected resolution. If I complete the wizard with S-Video setup then reboot the only output I get is to the DVI port. As far as I can tell from the admin website MCE thinks it should be outputting to S-Video but it’s not. If I manually run startx from tty I get kde output to S-Video so I know S-Video out is working even after the full MCE install. I'm thinking it’s a config setting somewhere that is not correct but I'm unsure of the order that the xorg.conf and int scripts get executed when MCE boots so I don’t know what config
file(s) I should be changing or what setting(s) need to be changed to get output to S-Video. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I have two Dell Latitude laptops that I am planning on using as diskless media directors and I have them successfully running 0704 UI2 with overlay. The systems have Geforce4 440 Go 32MB cards which work great with a "tweak" to the xorg.config, which leads to my question.

When I run the initial UI and sound wizard and select the output type and resolution (DVI and 1280x1024) everything works fine. However, after the wizard runs and builds the config and switches to X windows the screens go "fuzzy" like the frequency of the display config is wrong. To solve this I let the systems sit for a wile with the display switch to another terminal (so not to hurt the hardware) to allow the UI to be rendered by the MCE manager (if the UI does not fully render then I have to rebuild it later or the UI wont work right). While they sit rendering I switch to the core and edit the diskless images xorg.config (i.e. /usr/pluto/diskless/[number]/etc/X11/xorg.config). The change that I have to make is to enable EDID which results in me commenting out the two lines in the config file that set the UseEDID option to false. After that I have to edit the diskless image's to exit as soon as it starts so that it does not change the config on me when the system boots up. Once I hear the setup wizard girl's voice I reboot the system and everything works fine.

So hears the real question, is this the preferred way to configure a media director's xorg.conf? It seams like a hack and the other night when I got an update the core some how reset the MD's configuration and I had to re-edit the xorg.config and scripts. How can I go about editing the X config to suit my needs and not have MCE step on top of my changes? Ideally, I would like to setup the systems to be correct before X runs for the first time so that I don’t have to do any rebooting. Could I simply edit the MCE database to have the correct setting for my hardware when it is recognized by the setup wizard? Also, is using the EDID of the hardware going to cause me any other issues with LMCE, such as bad or slow or incorrect rendering of images?

Here's the definition of the option that I have to enable to get the correct display output for X. Which leads me to believe that the mode line values set by LMCE don’t work for my hardware but the EDID tells X the correct values.
By default, the NVIDIA X driver makes use of a display device's EDID, when available, during construction of its mode pool. The EDID is used as a source for possible modes, for valid frequency ranges, and for collecting data on the physical dimensions of the display device for computing the DPI. However, if you wish to disable the driver's use of the EDID, you can set this option to False:

Is it just me and my systems (home and work) that can’t see the forum images and background (i.e. the images show up as blue boxes with image error links) and the forum reminds me of my text web days in the early 90's? :D

Users / Looking for a PCIe 1x vidio card with UI2 support.
« on: January 18, 2008, 11:52:26 pm »
Has anyone found a PCIe 1x video card that fully supports UI2 with alpha blending?

Users / HELP! How do I add a media director for diskless boot?
« on: January 13, 2008, 10:45:24 pm »
I have installed LMCE from the 7.04 from the DVD ISO and all went fine and the Core/hybrid is up and running. I have two NIC’s installed and working; ED0 and ED1 are both accessible. Ed0 is the LMCE DHCP internal interface and it is connected to a 10 port hub that has one other pc connected to it that I want to net boot from the core. So now I’m trying to follow the directions on the Wiki to setup the diskless boot system.

Heres the step from the Wiki that I’m stuck on:

“In LinuxMCE Admin go to Wizard > Devices > Media Directors. Add the media director if this is a new one, and set the Mac address. The Mac address should be a series of six 2 character sequences separated by colons, like this: 1A:00:F2:21:23:9F”

So I go to the admin site and go to wizard and find my way to the media directors and I see one MD listed “core/hybrid”. Seeing how the Wiki doesn’t explain how to add the new device I assume that I need to click on the “Add Device” button. After clicking Add Device I get a popup to select the device template. In the Device template pull down I select “Generic PC as MD” and click close.  The popup closes and I see the Media Directors admin page again but I don’t see my new device added? Even with a refresh there is still no new device added. What’s going on, am I doing this right? How is one suppose to manual add media directors? I even tried going in to the advanced devices menu and tried to add a new “top level device” and I can’t get that page to add a device either, no matter what template I select?

Users / Intel e2180 Core suggestions???
« on: January 11, 2008, 05:37:10 am »
Is anyone using an Intel e2180 CPU as a core? I'm wondering what mobo will work well with the chip and LMCE as a core not a hybrid. I really want o have SATA RAID 1 support and gigabit LAN onboard. I am currently a direct TV subscriber and would love to put 4 PCI capture cards in one core with an e2180. I am planning on using cards that do hardware encoding so the CU should not have to do much while recording. Pleas comment on your experience with the 32180 chip as a core I would also love to see system specs and power usage if you have them.

Developers / Adding alpha blending to the Openchrome drivers?
« on: January 10, 2008, 06:36:23 am »
Does anyone know what it would take to add alpha blending to the Openchrome drivers to support UI2 overlays? I am an enterprise application software engineer and I have done some graphics programming but haven’t done any real driver work to speak of. I would be more then wiling to try to get UI2 overlays to work on the VIA systems if someone would be willing to point me in the right direction.

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